Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 19th September 2014
I am compiling this bulletin on Thursday evening having just come out of a Governors’ Finance Committee meeting, looked at my diary for tomorrow and realised I won’t have a spare minute to put finger to key board in the morning. Consequently, I have been unable to gather the usual plethora of contributions from colleagues, parents and students. So, it might be a quicker read than usual but worry ye not; another bumper addition of the Newsletter will be heading home very soon. This will be a celebration of all the wonderful goings-on at Wellington in the summer term.
You will read in the Newsletter an “obituary” for long-serving School Governor, Alan Gibbons, who passed away recently. I won’t repeat John Watson’s words verbatim but Alan came to the School in 1938 as a pupil, his daughter came to the then girls’ school and that is when he became a governor, and he served the School in that capacity for over 30 years. That dedication and continuity helped to make Wellington the special place it is today and for that we are indebted to Alan and others on the Governing Body. I had the privilege of attending Alan’s funeral on Tuesday along with former Headteachers, Mrs Armstrong and Mr Watson, and several other governors. It was a fitting send off to a great man! Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes as a school community will, of course, remain with Alan’s wife, Barbara, his daughter, Susan, and his grand-children.
News of another alumnus, well two actually. I received this email from a former student this week;
“I'm an ex pupil of Wellington School and Sixth Form (1999-2006). I came across something today whilst doing some research of other alumni of the school. A gentleman called William Speakman-Pitt attended Wellington School and he is one of only nine living Victoria Cross recipients. I thought you would find this very interesting.
Please pass on my regards to Mr Shaw (my old maths teacher) and Mr Williams (my old history teacher). They may find it interesting to know after Wellington I went onto study Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University and I am now working as an engineering consultant in the oil and gas industry.
Daniel Moseley (previously Daniel Lundy when at Wellington)”
Thanks for that, Daniel, and we’re glad to hear you’re enjoying life. We’ve actually got a plaque in School acknowledging the bravery of Mr Speakman. I believe he is now living in South Africa. There are, of course, a number of addresses with Speakman in around the local area.
Inevitably, it’s been another hectic and gratifying week for all at Wellington, and hasn’t it been great to wallow in the sunshine? Monday night saw our first Parent and Staff Association meeting of the year, and it was marvellous to see “old friends” and also welcome two new Year 7 parents. We planned the PSA calendar for the year which begins with the Family Fun Night on Thursday 2nd October. I do hope you’ll do your best to join us. It was a lovely evening last year.
Deputy Head, Mr Fenwick, and I are working our way through a series of exam review meetings with Heads of Department. Their analysis is customarily detailed, shrewd and perceptive and it’s been wonderful to have another opportunity to celebrate the success of this summer. Of course, there is no sense of complacency or “arrival” as the conversations switch rapidly to “well, how we can we do even better next time around?” I firmly believe we will with the new crop of Year 11s, 12s and 13s.
Earlier this evening Mr Fenwick, Mr Cropper, Miss Grey and Mrs Mackay addressed the new Year 12 students and their parents to establish some expectations and provide advice and guidance for the two years ahead. I hope this proved useful (feedback always welcome) and that the students left under no illusions as to the demands of this year; success at A level in Year 13 only comes about with solid foundations laid in AS levels this year. There is not a moment to waste and, in the main, it would seem that the Year 12s are “on message”.
Some snippets from this week.
Miss Hitchens has asked me to promote the English Department’s Twitter feeds. Firstly, @WellyEnglish is for KS3 and 4 students and offers news, resources and helpful advice. Meanwhile, @WellyLiterature for KS5 English Literature students is a great way to share resources and critical studies. This week also saw the re-launch of BBC School Report where KS3 students submit articles to the school website and work alongside the BBC. Last year we made national television and radio and met a number of celebrities! You can view last year’s achievements under the ‘Learners’ tab on the website. Do encourage your children to sign-up.
I have mentioned previously that our biennial School musical will be “Oliver” this year and it is now less than five weeks away. “The rehearsals are going brilliantly,” claims Mrs Rainford. “We’re really pleased that so many Year 7 students have taken the opportunity to get involved and our fantastic cast have gone out of their way to make them quickly feel “at home”. We are in desperate need of old shirts, trousers and hats (the tattier the better) so if you have anything lying around at home we will gladly take them off your hands.”
The timescale from the start of rehearsals to “show time” seemed somewhat ambitious, but it would seem that Mrs Rainford, Mrs Moorhouse and their directorial dream team had no such concerns and are set to pull it out of the bag again. Keep the 22nd and 23rd October free in your diaries.
Miss Davison tells me that Humanities club has started and it is a big hit with Year 7 and 8 with over 20 attendees already. “We use recycled material to build models to do with History, Geography and REP. Already we have students working on castles, a poppy field, shields, waterfalls and even a tiger. I have been so impressed with the effort these pupils have put in so far. Also a little plea from our Humanity specialists… if anyone has any spare cardboard boxes at home, anything from shoe boxes to cereal boxes please bring them in to Miss Davison in Room 42.”
I look forward to hearing further reports on the adventures of Humanities Club and their intrepid leader.
There have been five fixtures against Sale High this week plus an excellent start to the 6th Form team’s season.
Wellington Year 11 v Sale High
Mr Morgan can report that the Year 11 Football team started the season well with a 2-0 win over Sale High in their first Trafford League fixture. “The team trialled a new system with three at the back; it worked well with Dan Mullins and Will Callaghan the two wide men having plenty of the ball, the team kept the ball well showing plenty of invention but they had to be patient in the first half and required captain Luke Dolan to provide the first goal with a brave header from Ollie Spratt’s corner. The second half proceeded in the same manner as the first with Wellington in charge. Ollie Spratt finished a great five pass team goal to secure victory and a pleasing three points. Man of the Match award went to Brandon Johnson in his first game for the team, he worked tirelessly in midfield breaking up any Sale attack and linking well with the forward line.”
Wellington Sixth Form v Tytherington High School,
Mr Morgan also reports that the senior football side got off to a super start in the ESFA cup with a 5-1 first round victory against Tytherington High School. “It was the first time the team had played together, with Year 12’s Chris Partington, Joe Cronshaw, Adam Burgess, James Moore and Daniel Ellaby all making significant contributions in their first ever game for the sixth form. James Porter opened the scoring with a super finish after James Moore had played a quality through-ball. James Moore added to the scoreline with a sharp finish from a Reece Rudman corner. In the second half Wellington applied more pressure which led to a Chris Partington solo effort, a Reece Rudman 30 yard free kick and a Jack Marshall strike from the edge of the box” Mr Morgan was delighted with the performance and looks forward to the next round of the cup and league fixutres that will begin in October.
Mr Harrison was a welcome addition to the REP department this year and I’m delighted he’s doing his bit for school sport too:
“A convincing win for us (and for my first game in charge) against Sale High and we played some very dynamic and exciting football. The score went into double figures and was so convincing that I unfortunately lost count! (It was 8-3, Sir!) Notable performances all over the pitch but Daniel Flisk had a fantastic game on the wing and we scored some outstanding team goals. Now we just have to work on our defending a little bit.”
Mr Tomlinson provides this report on the Year 10 game;
“A new season, some new players in new positions and a fresh start against Sale High away. We approached our season opener with great enthusiasm, energy and professionalism. In a game that could easily have ended with an even greater deficit, we won 5-0. It's hard to decide what is more pleasing - the performance, the win, the goals or the clean sheet. I would have say what impressed me most was the teamwork and camaraderie between the players - encouraging each other when things didn't go quite right was great to witness. The football played by the team was excellent, utilising both sides of the pitch with devastating effect. Jake Howarth steered the defence very well and Louis Welch was outstanding at right back considering he was asked to fill in at late notice. Debutant Luke Drummond played really well at centre back alongside Will Callaghan and “Mr Reliable” Jack Davenport was exactly that. Scott, Ricky and Kieron marshalled the midfield very well and our front three will cause problems for teams with Luke and Cameron delivering great balls into the box for Josh to feed off. Luke Mckendry and James Memory added to that attack in the second half, James producing a great cross for Josh to score and Luke scoring himself. Goalscorers were Luke McKendry, Luke Noble, Cameron Morgan, Ricky Pereira and Josh Wilkinson. Still things to build on but a good start.”
The other two age groups also defeated Sale High; Year 7 5-1 and Year 9 7-5 (Mr Gubbins was in an experimental mood, I hear). Resounding victories for all and great start to the footballing year.
Just one fixture this week after the Year 10 fixture was postponed due to a “breakdown in communication”.
The Year 9s played ACA at Bowdon on Tuesday evening and were defeated 14-32 by a sizeable opponent. We did play some scintillating stuff and I was particularly impressed with new and relatively new recruits Tom Winwood-Rooney, Joe Ball, Keenan Pascoe and Declan Henry. Unfortunately, our naivety got the better of us at times as did some woeful tackling, and I couldn’t help but go home feeling a little deflated and frustrated. This team has ample ability but needs all squad members to pull their weight, to have a more positive mind-set (self-belief, fellas!) and, dare I say, more aggression on the field. There were glimpses of excellence and that bodes well for the rest of the season (bearing in mind they got off to a great start with the thrilling victory against Stretford Grammar I reported on last week) and the boys are back in the saddle against Sale Grammar on Tuesday. I know they will be determined to banish the demons of the ACA debacle.
Year 7, 8 and 10/11 also play Sale Grammar next week as do their footballing counterparts in most age groups; another busy and hopefully fruitful sporting week.
“Year 8 tutor responsibilities are going from strength to strength,” says Miss Tidbury and here are the KJS girls doing their litter pick. Next up are CCE, I believe.
“Well done to the first 9 ‘tutees of the fortnight’ and a massive well done to Matty Bhunjun who won the 'What's in the Box?' prize draw in assembly. One of the nine tutees gets drawn at random and can attempt to win a prize from one of the boxes that can range from gift vouchers to chocolate. Matty was the delighted winner of a can of Heinz Beans!
Plus I am delighted to have received so many positive referrals and comments from teachers about the following groups; 8.1a, 8.1b, 8.2a, 8.2b and 8.3b; Well done!”
Thank you for the update, Miss Tidbury.
The 6th Formers were returning from their residential as I was completing my bulletin last week and here is a quick review from Miss Grey;
“Well, it was another fun packed Sixth Form residential at York University.
The students had a range of workshops in writing personal statements, realising potential, teambuilding and time to speak to student ambassadors from the university, all with the aim of developing study and life skills to equip them for the rigours of A-levels, employment and university.
In the evening there was a lovely meal and a disco, with some questionable moves from the staff (you know who you are … Mrs Moorhouse!) and the students showed them how it should be done!
Some great tips and pointers gleaned by Year 12 and 13, we hope it helps to facilitate a successful year for you all.”
On reflection, it wasn’t that brief after all! Hope you enjoyed the update and have a great weekend.
S P Beeley
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